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Mark Kidel
Thursday, 25 July 2024
Something of a jazz supergroup this one: with drum virtuoso, the ubiquitous Seb Rochford, Jim Bar of Get the Blessing, Adrian Utley – formerly of Portishead, a prolific...
David Nice
Wednesday, 24 July 2024
Returning after ten months to the unique vasts of Albert’s colosseum, especially for a Verdi Requiem as powerful as this and a packed hall, felt like a rebirth. There was...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 24 July 2024
Dave Clarke (b. 1968) is, arguably, Britain’s greatest techno DJ. Although, in fact, he has lived in Amsterdam since 2009. He is also a producer of repute. His Red singles of the...
Robert Beale
Wednesday, 24 July 2024
For 50 years Clonter Opera, the song-on-the-farm project in rural Cheshire, has been encouraging would-be opera stars by giving them a chance to perform in undemanding conditions...
Guy Oddy
Wednesday, 24 July 2024
Back in the mid-80s, a group of lads from Worcestershire, who’d previously been known as the Cravats, were putting an exceedingly strange spin on the post-punk sounds of the time...
Boyd Tonkin
Tuesday, 23 July 2024
This looked like a classic Prom in the grand old BBC tradition: two big but lesser-known pieces by pivotal figures (Schoenberg and Zemlinsky) played by a major non-metropolitan...
Liz Thomson
Tuesday, 23 July 2024
You can take the woman out of the Left Bank, but you can’t take the Left Bank out of the woman. Madeleine Peyroux would be...
Helen Hawkins
Monday, 22 July 2024
Before Lucas Hnath wrote Red Speedo, he had heard a 2004 speech at a hearing investigating baseball doping that declared the...
Kieron Tyler
Monday, 22 July 2024
“Ne pleure pas, Jeannette” is a version of the 15th-century French song "La pernette se lève." It tells the story of...
Harry Thorfinn-George
Sunday, 21 July 2024
A group of young people rent a cabin in the woods. A masked killer lingers nearby. Surely you know how the rest unfolds. The...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 21 July 2024
In April 1985, The Damned’s Dave Vanian was speaking with Janice Long on her BBC Radio 1 show. He said “Barry Ryan and Paul...
Helen Hawkins
Saturday, 20 July 2024
The Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour is many things, some seemingly contradictory: a) a clever, poetic playwright who...
Tom Birchenough
Saturday, 20 July 2024
Crossing is a remarkable step forward for Swedish-Georgian director Levan Akin. There are elements that build on his...
Rachel Halliburton
Saturday, 20 July 2024
The first night of the BBC’s 2024 Proms season was illuminated by the blazing brilliance of Isata Kanneh-Mason’s performance...
Tom Birchenough
Saturday, 20 July 2024
There’s an exuberant comedy from the start in Katori Hall’s The Hot Wing King, which comes to London after an initial Covid-...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 20 July 2024
 Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Debussy: Préludes George Lepauw (piano) (Orchid Classics)Beethoven and Debussy...
Helen Hawkins
Saturday, 20 July 2024
Fans of American playwright Annie Baker’s work know what they are likely to get in her film debut as a writer-director: slow...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 20 July 2024
Ever since their 2013 album Now What?! hard rock veterans Deep Purple have been on a roll, both creatively and commercially...
David Nice
Friday, 19 July 2024
Jerry Herman is the king of pep. Way too much of it in the first 20 minutes of the recent revue Jerry’s Girls had me...

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CLASSICAL CDS Three discs of piano music, two choral collections, a German romantic anew

★★★★★ HELLO, DOLLY!, LONDON PALLADIUM Imelda Staunton makes every line a deal-broker

★★★★ IL SEGRETO DI SUSANNA / PAGLIACCI, OPERA HOLLAND PARK An intriguing comic partner for the great backstage melodrama

★★★ FIRST NIGHT OF THE PROMS, BBCSO, CHAN From sublime to mischievously meticulous

RIP JOHN MAYALL - The legend on his own terms at Ronnie Scott's in 2017

★★★★ ECHO, LIFT 2024, ROYAL COURT Enriching journey into the mind of an exile

★★★★★ CROSSING A masterfully observational perspective on Georgian, Turkish worlds

★★★★ KEVIN FOWLEY - A FEU DOUX Stunning reinterpretation of French nursery rhymes

★★★ THE HOT WING KING, NATIONAL THEATRE High kitchen-stove comedy, with sides of drama

★★★★ IN A VIOLENT NATURE Inverted slasher is fascinating

disc of the day

Album: 137 - Strangeness Oscillations

Brilliant collective impro from a British jazz supergroup

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tv

The Jetty, BBC One review - lowlife in a Northern town

Jenna Coleman stars in a dark tale of abuse and exploitation

The Turkish Detective, BBC Two review - a bad business in the Bosphorus

Barbara Nadel's Inspector Ikmen novels reach the screen

The Night Caller, Channel 5 review - all he hears is radio ga ga

Robert Glenister and Sean Pertwee star in smartly-written thriller

film

In a Violent Nature review - inverted slasher is fascinating

Told entirely from a masked killer's perspective, this experiment is confident and strange

Crossing review - a richly human journey of discovery

Levan Akin offers a masterfully observational perspective on Georgian, Turkish worlds

Janet Planet review - teasing dissection of a mother-daughter relationship

Annie Baker impressively transfers her subtle theatrical skills to the screen

new music

Album: 137 - Strangeness Oscillations

Brilliant collective impro from a British jazz supergroup

10 Questions for DJ-producer Dave Clarke

The techno don talks new music, Brexit, cars, Gustav Holst and much more

Album: The Very Things GXL - Mr Arc-Eye (Under a Cellophane Sky)

Dadaist post punks resurrected after a long break

classical

Prom 6, Verdi's Requiem, BBCNOW, Bancroft review - running the emotional gamut

A masterfully paced and very human ritual goes deep

First Night of the Proms, BBCSO, Chan review - from the sublime to the mischievously meticulous

Exhilarating start to the Proms with Isata Kanneh-Mason's performance as highlight

opera

The Butterfly House, Clonter Opera review - Puccini in biographical briefs

The life and many loves of the composer told with his own music

First Person: trans opera singer Lucia Lucas on Tippett’s 'New Year' and her life in music

The baritone’s success with Birmingham Opera Company has led to further reflections

theatre

Red Speedo, Orange Tree Theatre review - two versions of American values slug it out
Timely arrival for Lucas Hnath's play about the cost of winning
ECHO, LIFT 2024, Royal Court review - enriching journey into the mind of an exile
Nassim Soleimanpour's latest 'cold read' work is a unique experience
The Hot Wing King, National Theatre review - high kitchen-stove comedy, with sides of drama
Katori Hall is back in her native Memphis with an exuberant ensemble piece

dance

Ashton Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - peerless delights from the master step-smith

A delicious triple bill kicks off a worldwide Fred-fest

Rocio Molina, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival review - mystery and dark magic, with a giggle

Annual Spanish showcase opens with a dancer intent on subversion by edgy games

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

Books

Ellen McWilliams: Resting Places - On Wounds, War and the Irish Revolution review - finding art in the inarticulable

A violent history finds a home in this impressionistic blend of literary criticism and memoir

Claire Messud: This Strange Eventful History review - home is where the heart was

A brutally honest and epic narrative follows a family doomed to wander the earth

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